Deadline day but guess what? We’ve done all our business a cool 5 days before we needed to.
What a summer.
Actually, scrap that. Don’t be a damn revisionist. Sure, we did what we needed to do in the end, but it’s a complete joke we had to wait until we’d dropped 5 important points to make it happen.
It’s a tough summer to assess as well. We didn’t go all out like Manchester United signing proven mega talent (though we tried with Mikki and Vardy). We took big bets on players that weren’t exactly radar exploders.
We had a summer like Arsenal of old. Now, the moves for these names are either inspired and it shows that Arsenal really did ramp up their scouting department. Or they’re panicked, and it shows that we really didn’t learn much outside injured players and shit opening results kick Wenger into action.
I like what we’ve done. The summer gets a 7.5 out of ten for me.
We plugged the gaps, we hit up a plan C when the original vision failed and we’ve added steal to the squad.
We plugged gaps though, rather than seriously upgraded. That’s where things might come unstuck. We’re very light on quality fullback replacements. I mean, if Debuchy goes out on loan, we have Jenkinson and Gibbs. Certainly a way off where you need to be.
Our right side of midfield is interesting. Weak for the past 4 seasons, Wenger is throwing the Theo Walcott dice one more time. He’s also giving Chambo another chance which is pretty undeserving based on his return over the last 17 years of however long he’s been plodding around the club.
Up front, who bloody knows? This Perez chap who looks like the love child of David Villa is either going to blow it up, or his going to bomb harder than a Chamakh one-on-one. Important thing for me is the guy is mobile, he has power and he did really well in a terrible side last year. Our right side should be great with Iwobi and Sanchez rotating in and out.
Our midfield is really looking special. Ozil, Cazorla, Iwobi in the hole… Xhaka, Elneny and Coquelin capable of giving us strength. Aaron Ramsey, hopefully there to replicate his Euro 2016. Very good.
Central defence now looks covered, even if it is really only 3 I’m interested in.
So deadline day, is, well, dead.
I hope Jack Wilshere doesn’t end up going somewhere pony like Palace. I’d prefer Bournemouth, at least Eddie Howe is a smart manager. Still think he should head out to Italy, not like he has to worry about childcare or anything like that? Also, your football career is short, get out there now and do something amazing… like win a Serie A!
Outside that, it’s looking bleak, I’d love Daniel Sturridge, but £60m for a player more fragile than a Diaby ankle probably isn’t great business. However, keep him fit in our side and you’re title challengers.
A touch worried about Spurs signing Isco… feel he’d have looked good in an Arsenal shirt, especially with Santo on the way out.
RIGHT, that’s your lot. Have a great deadline day!